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N. Korea to launch new test rockets

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Seoul: North Korea is preparing to test new rockets, a report said, after its leader Kim Jong-un said the country was in the final stages of developing inter-continental ballistic missiles.



‘New model’ US ties to be built

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

GENEVA: China will build a “new model” of relations with the United States, President Xi Jinping said in a speech that portrayed China as the leader of a globalised world where only international cooperation could solve the big problems.



Indonesia turns to China for growth

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Jakarta: Indonesia may have recently become a major market for Chinese mobile phone makers Xiaomi and Oppo, but this so far has not changed the attitudes of many Indonesians who still look down on made-in-China products because of their reputation for being inferior.



15 children killed in schoolbus crash

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

NEW DELHI: At least 15 children were killed and dozens more injured when a school bus collided with a truck in northern India, police said.



Air India set to offer seats for women only

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

NEW DELHI: Indian flag carrier Air India is set to offer women-only seats on its domestic flights to provide female passengers more autonomy and comfort.


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Tokyo shrine offers blessings to protect pets

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

TOKYO: Some might describe the idea as barking mad but a shrine in Tokyo is offering blessings to pets to protect the fluffy creatures from a “ruff” year ahead.



Surrogate mothers grab last chance to rent wombs before ban

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

MUMBAI: Inside a bungalow in a plush residential area of Gurugram, on the outskirts of New Delhi, a group of women in different stages of pregnancy share the hope their babies will be delivered safely – or risk losing the chance of big money forever.



Vietnam okays casinos for locals

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

HANOI: Bettors in gambling-mad Vietnam will soon be allowed to stake their fortune in some casinos across the communist country, the government said, in a pilot scheme aimed at opening up the lucrative industry.



Heat on hardline leader

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

JAKARTA: Once lauded by his followers for standing in front of two-large scale rallies in Jakarta last year, Rizieq Shihab, the notorious leader of the hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI), is now being investigated by the West Java Police, an ironic turn of affairs.Tight squeeze: Rizieq being mobbed by reporters in this file picture. — Reuters


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Indonesia to emulate German anti-hoax strategy

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

JAKARTA: The Indonesian government is taking Germany’s lead in its attempt to fight back against hoaxes and press Facebook to better filter false news from its newsfeed, a minister has said.